Last week, one of my readers contacted me asking for a list of must-do snacks and food at Walt Disney World. I started making a list, but as a huge foodie and lover of Disney, it grew and grew and grew. I decided to split the list into categories and break it up over a few weeks.
Today we take a look at part 2: Drinks. We’ll look at both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at Disney that every Disney fan needs to try.
These are some of my favorite things to sip on at Walt Disney World and a must-do for any Disney fan.
- The PB&J Shake from 50’s Prime Time Cafe. Imagine your favorite childhood sandwich: peanut butter and jelly. Now imagine it as a thick shake! I’m a total peanut butter junkie. I love peanut butter cups, peanut butter and banana in my protein shakes and lived on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches growing up. I couldn’t get enough of them. So when I learned that Disney was cranking out an ice cream shake version of the sandwich staple, I had to try it. This shake is so thick that you have to let it melt a little before drinking it. It’s made with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and grape jelly. At first sip, you get the peanut butter, followed by the grapes. The peanut butter and creamy vanilla ice cream combine to add a bit of texture. It tastes like the real thing and it’s a must-do every single trip. You can order it as a drink with your entree if you’re on the meal plan or as dessert. If you don’t have a reservation for 50’s Prime Time, swing by the Tune-In Lounge and order it to go!
- LaFou’s Brew, Gaston’s Tavern. I had LaFou’s Brew when it was first released. It’s extremely sweet and I’d recommend sharing it with someone, but it’s also extremely tasty. Served in a regular or souvenir mug, it’s a frozen no-sugar added apple juice topped with a mango foam. It’s made to look just like a beer and they do a pretty awesome job of mimic-ing one! This is another drink that brings you back to your childhood. It tastes just like the Mott juice boxes you’d get as a kid!
- Bottomless Milkshakes, Whispering Canyon. We only ate at Whispering Canyon once and weren’t fans. That’s not to say that it was a bad meal, we just enjoyed other restaurants more. We went with the all-you-care-to-eat dinner, which is much like ‘Ohana, only they bring you smoked meats and comfort food rather than Polynesian comfort food. Perhaps the meal would have been far more enjoyable if we each got our own entree, but I made the mistake of ordering the bottomless milkshakes along with indulging in the all-you-care-to-eat skillet. I went with the vanilla shake, which was delicious, but midway through my second jar my stomach was full. I wasn’t just satiated, I was sick to my stomach. It felt like there was concrete in my stomach. It ruined the entire meal and the evening. But – if you’re a milkshake lover who can control their portions and not make this mistake, it’s a must-do. I really sold it, huh?
- Frozen Sunshine at Beaches and Cream. I haven’t tried it yet. We made our first visit to Beaches and Cream this past trip and it was love at first bite – or scoop? We’ll be staying at The Beach Club this upcoming trip and plan on eating at Beaches and Cream at least twice. I couldn’t turn down peanut butter our first time there, so I went with the No Way Jose. Next time, I’m going with the Frozen Sunshine: a milkshake made with orange sherbet and seltzer water. It’s topped with whipped cream and has been described as a “lighter, more refreshing milk shake.”
- Starbucks. This seems like a copout, right? You can get Starbucks anywhere! Here in NYC, I can walk downstairs right now, go 10 blocks and see at least a dozen Starbucks. Believe it or not, you can’t find Starbucks everywhere. I remember one instance on a bus ride to Magic Kingdom. We were talking to a family from South Dakota. We exchanged tips and shared stories of what we’d done, etc. We asked what they had planned for today, their second day at Walt Disney World. The dad looked up at me and said “well, I’m gonna finally try that new coffee place!” I looked at him bewildered. “You mean Starbucks,” I replied. He went on to tell me that they don’t have Starbucks near them. He’s never had it. He spotted it in the Orlando Airport, but decided to wait and have his first Starbucks drink in Disney. I was in amazement. I happened to find him at Starbucks when I stopped for my morning coffee. He was looking at the menu like a kid in a candy store. He just wanted coffee, but was amazed at all the choices. I helped him choose his drink; he went with a Peppermint Mocha Frappacino; then I took the honor of using a snack credit to buy him his first Starbucks drink.
Now is the fun part. You’ve heard of drinking around the world in EPCOT, but do you know the best drinks? While the countries are a great spot to drink the night away, there’s a few non-EPCOT spots that make our list.
- Grand Marnier or Grey Goose Slush, France Pavilion, EPCOT. Grand Marnier has a special place in my heart. It’s the first drink I’ve ever shared with my dad. I was home for my 21st birthday and rather than break out the beer, my dad takes out a bottle of his favorite: Grand Marnier. We toasted at 12am and I took my first shot of a liquor that is most definitely meant to be sipped. I love all things orange, so this refreshing drink is a must-do, especially on a hot Florida day. It’s usually served in a wine-style plastic cup, but we ask for a regular solo cup and they normally honor our request. It’s easier to carry and I think you get a little more! If you ask nicely, they may even mix the Grand Marnier Orange and Grey Goose Citron slush for a citrus explosion! It’s very good, very refreshing and very dangerous. I’ve had some that have tasted strong but had no effect; and others that have tasted like they had no alcohol in them, but had me feeling loopy. They’re a must-do, whether you’re drinking around the world or just kicking back and enjoying Illuminations.
- Tipsy Duck in Love, China Pavilion, EPCOT. My favorite alcoholic drink in EPCOT. I can’t wait to stay at the Beach Club because I may even start my morning with one. It’ll be my own little secret. This amazing drink is combines iced coffee and Chinese black tea with chocolate and bourbon, then is topped with whipped cream. The only downfall to this drink is watching them make it. It’s made with Jim Beam and Reddi-Whip, which sort of kills the authentic appeal of it. But – oh man is this good! It tastes just like a Black Russian. It’s very chocolatey and you get hints of the coffee and a bourbon aftertaste. I’d say they put about a shot and a half in the 20-ounce (don’t quote me on sizes) cup. They also have a non-alcoholic version.
- Grapefruit Beer, German Pavilion, EPCOT. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a copywriter trying to break into advertising. I came across a fellow advertising student who did ads for this exact beer, playing on its silly, hard-to-pronounce name: Schofferhofer. The name is hard to say, so Cast Members will accept “The Grapefruit Beer.” It’s a very refreshing beer and its incredibly light. Nothing beats relaxing along the World Showcase Lagoon with a grapefruit beer and German pretzel.
- Lapu Lapu, Polynesian Resort. Finally, a drink found outside EPCOT! This drink is as fun to say as it is to drink. Found at the Tambu Lounge (outside ‘Ohana) this drink is made with dark rum and tropical fruit juices, then served inside a hollowed-out pineapple. It’s strong – at $13.25 you certainly get your money’s worth! I love to order one before my ‘Ohana reservation. After I finish, I use a spoon to scrape out some pineapple!
- Anything from Trader Sam’s, Polynesian. We tried Trader Sam’s for the first time this past trip. I won’t give away too many of the antics, but guests are in for quite the experience! Every drink order has a show! The outdoor area is really nice, as well. It has a waterfall and normally has a live musician playing. The souvenir glasses add an incentive to stop by!